Copa del Rey: Real Madrid CF draw with Numancia but reach quarters

Zinedine Zidane is under pressure with Real Madrid struggling to find their form this season

Zinedine Zidane is under pressure with Real Madrid struggling to find their form this season

In the Champions League they were beaten convincingly at Wembley by Tottenham and failed to top the group leaving them with a very hard last-16 qualifier against Paris Saint-Germain on February 14 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid is now struggling, placed 4 in the league and is 16 points off the top of the table, as fierce rivals Barcelona look favorites to win the La Liga this season.

Los Blancos legend Figo is backing Zidane.

The French legend had a near flawless start to his managerial career at Real Madrid, winning eight out possible ten trophies in his first two seasons.

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Karim Benzema is also sidelined with a hip problem and is not expected back until later in January, per Marca's Pablo Polo. The Madrid board is also being optimistic about luring the German boss to the Bernabeu, confident that he would accept the proposal.

Zidane is coming under scrutiny due to Real Madrid's disappointing defence of the La Liga title, in which they are so far behind rivals Barcelona.

"Zidane has preferred to not anticipate risks and has bypassed any uncomfortable diagnosis, no matter how obvious", it said.

Madrid have been boosted by the return to fitness of Bale, who started and scored twice in the draw against Celta.

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"We can't listen to what is being said", Zidane said.

Elsewhere, Villarreal crashed out to Leganes after a 2-1 win at home was not enough to see them through.

It was only their fourth league draw of the season and leaves them in sixth place in the table ahead of this weekend's round of fixtures. But we are convinced we will move forward.

Although they qualified for the quarter-finals of the King's Cup knockout competition on Wednesday following a 2-2 draw at home to second division Numancia, there was little reason for cheer following another lackluster display from Zinedine Zidane's side as none of the fringe players except Lucas Vazquez were able to give a case for a promotion into Saturday's starting 11. We saw it as very hard to do, and he has achieved it.

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